This afternoon, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released additional regulatory relief blanket waivers for home health agencies, hospices and other providers.
What follows are the most salient COVID-19 updates for HCA members as of the week ending April 26.
This is a weekly digest of new updates as well as briefs that may have already been provided to home and community-based organizations via e-mail alert throughout the past week.
In a press release this morning, HCA circulated the findings of our second survey showing the impact of COVID-19 on home and community-based providers and services, again reiterating our call for priority access to supplies, Medicare telehealth flexibilities and reimbursement, and other issues.
Please see the press release here and share it with your public relations, government relations, and/or public affairs teams.
The state Department of Health has issued two new COVID-19 guidance documents. One of these (dated March 31) replaces a prior guidance on protocols for personnel returning to work following COVID-19 exposure and infection (see here). The other is a frequently asked questions (FAQ) document on new Medicaid service and billing allowances through telehealth and telephonic means during the COVID-19 emergency (see here).